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Preventing Capsizing is the Goal of Tech Researcher
May 12, 2008

Saving lives and ships by improving the stability and safety of sea-going vessels is the goal of Virginia Tech College of Engineering researcher Leigh McCue, who has won two highly competitive grants to support her research.

Dr. McCue, an assistant professor in Virginia Tech’s Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering, has received a $410,000 Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation and a $300,000 Young Investigator Program (YIP) Award from the Office of Naval Research. Both are among the nation’s most prestigious grants awarded to creative young researchers who have the potential to become leaders in their fields.

Dr. McCue is developing tools to help ship designers better understand ship motions and, thus, help prevent capsizing and other dangers resulting from vessel instabilities.

Each CAREER project includes an educational component, and Dr. McCue will work in partnership with Virginia Tech’s Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Diversity to incorporate SeaPerch activities in the center’s summer camps and other recruitment initiatives. SeaPerch is a hands-on program that teaches pre-college students about underwater robotics and vehicles.

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